The Wild and Scilly Mermaids have been swimming together all year round in the waters of Scilly for over 5 years and know the swim routes well. Ruth is a chef and Anna is a paramedic; we both live and work on the Island of St Mary's.

We have a passion for sea swimming and adventure, along with a keen interest in photography and here on the beautiful unspoilt coastline of Scilly - bursting with nature and wildlife - is where we invite you to join us on one of our adventures and experience the islands from a different perspective.

After the adventure we can enjoy food and drink whilst we relax on the beach. Afterwards you're free to stay or join us as as we walk back into town following the coastal footpath, which depending on where we finish, may be up to 2 miles or so.

What can I expect?

A couple of days beforehand we will let you know the planned route complete with map and any relevant information. Based on St Mary’s, it will be either a point-to-point swim or an out and back, depending on conditions. The advantage of living on an Island means there is always a side sheltered from the wind! The route will be between 2 - 4 km and follow the coast.

If it is an A to B swim, pack 'adventure-lite' as we will tow your towel and change of clothes using a Ruckraft

If it is an out-and-back swim, we will ask you to bring your gear and meet us at the start/finish location.

We will ask you to wear a safety tow float (we can provide you with one if required) and we will escort the swim with one of us on our Surf Rescue Board. We also carry a marine VHF radio, first aid kit and mobile phone in case of emergency. Ruth and Anna both hold the RLSS Beach Lifeguard qualification.

At the finish, we'll sit on the beach to enjoy some food, along with plenty of freshly brewed tea and lots of cake. Perfect!


We'll also take photos during the day which we'll upload to an online drive from which you can download to use as you wish; If you'd rather not have your photo taken, please just let us know.

What food and drink is provided?

The adventure swim experience includes a picnic lunch. Lots of water, fresh tea, coffee or hot chocolate (brewed on our camp stoves). Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements beforehand. Our Evening Swims finish with hot drinks and cake.

How do I book a place?

If you would like to come along, please complete and the online registration form and purchase a ticket on the Swim Dates page. We are currently limiting our spaces to 6 swimmers per trip. Once you have paid to reserve your place, the money is non-refundable. The swim will go ahead in all but the worst conditions, in which case we would cancel the swim and refund you in full.

£2 of every Adventure Swim + Food ticket will be donated to Marine Conservation Society via Work for Good

Staying on an Off-Island?

If you're staying on St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco or St Martin's, and would like to explore the local swim routes, let us come to you! Contact us to arrange a bespoke Adventure Swim trip on the island of your choice. Please note that this incurs an additional fee to cover the cost of our boat ticket over to meet you.

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2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

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